Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque will be one of the players taking part in the Capital Honda Face Off Against Cancer hockey tournament in Charlottetown.
The event, being held Friday to Sunday at the MacLauchlan Arena in Charlottetown, will be the first of its kind in P.E.I.
Organizers said the name of the game is fun with lots of crazy antics expected, but serious money will be raised to support the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission — the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of Islanders living with cancer.
“I’ll be lacing up in honour of my mom who died of colon cancer and my dad who lost his life to lung cancer,” Bourque said. ”For those fighting cancer every day, it’s a constant struggle. That’s why I hope Islanders come out and join me for this great event.”
The Donuts, a team from Summerside, epitomizes an important part of the society’s mission to reduce the risk of developing cancer through embracing a healthy lifestyle. It’s a group of adults who had never played hockey but decided to take up the game a few years ago. The team is anxious to put its newfound talents to good use this weekend.
The event will feature a parade of champions when NHL celebrities will meet with fans and sign autographs Saturday at noon at the CARI Complex. The public is invited to attend this session along with all hockey games Friday afternoon, Saturday morning/afternoon, Sunday morning. The playoff game is Sunday at noon. All events are free and family friendly. Donations are welcome.
“This event is exciting on many levels. It raises much-needed funds to support the society’s work across P.E.I. and it provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Islanders to share a weekend with hockey legends and celebrities,” said Lori Barker, Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. division, executive director. “It means a lot to have organizations like Capital Honda involved and to have hockey legends like Ray Bourque and our own Billy MacMillan take the fight against cancer to the ice. We certainly need these powerhouses on our side as we take on cancer.”
Capital Honda general manager Willard Horne said it is pleased to be a partner in the event.
“The society has done a fantastic job recruiting hockey celebrities to participate in this first event of its kind on the Island,” he said. “We would like to sincerely thank everyone involved for volunteering their time and talent to support this cause.”
More information at www.cancer.ca/faceoffpei or by calling 1-866-566-4007.
Celebrities taking part in the Capital Honda Face Off Against Cancer hockey tournament this week in Charlottetown.
Dave (Tucker) Flanagan
Mason Wilgosh (UPEI men’s hockey team captain)
Ferran Brown (UPEI women’s hockey team captain)
Jordan Buchanan (Summerside Western Capitals captain)
Thomas Waugh (Summerside Western Capitals assistant coach)
Gordie Dwyer (former NHL player and Charlottetown Islanders coach)
Luke Beck (Charlottetown Islanders assistant coach)
Heather Moyse, honourary chairwoman.